Spiders Paperback – 1 May 1978
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The menace starts slowly, with a few people in remote, rural villages dying in strange ways. Then, just as those investigating these killings realise that something deadly is afoot, the outbreak occurs - and hordes of rampant spiders spread across England, even reaching London. Fortunately a heroic-type investigator gets involved - and, with the help of scientists, is able to fend off against these swarms of eight-legged monsters.
The story builds in a mounting fashion, and throughout there is good character development. For added titillation, there's some sex scenes thrown in for good measure.
While I did enjoy this book - and recommend it - it does read like a James Herbert knock-off ... exchange 'spiders' for 'rats' and you have virtually the same novel Herbert wrote a few years prior to the publication of this book. I don't think this was intentional on the part of the author, Richard Lewis, but rather it reflects the huge influence Herbert had upon the horror genre during the late 1970's.
Overall, this is an entertaining read (which can be completed in just a few sittings), but don't expect much by way of originality.
Like all of Lewis's books that I've read so far, "Spiders" starts off with a bloody death. In this case it's the retired Dan Mason, who is fixing up his new cottage in Kent, and is dreaming of his future garden and his life after a long productive career. It is not to be however, while gardening he uncovers a new type of spider, as his house is right over their nest. His nasty death starts a chain of events that will almost destroy Great Brittan.
The spiders are mobile eating and killing machines, and they are killing all that stands before them as they swarm across the landscape towards London. And as they swarm, we are introduced to spider expert Alan Mason, the novel's protagonist who is the son of Dan.
As usual, one of Lewis trademarks is having a two tiered storyline. The first is having the novel's protagonist on the search to identify the novel's problem, and trying to find an answer to fight it. In this pursuit this time around, Mason is joined by his wife Louise, fellow scientist Peter Whitley, and police inspector Neil Bradshaw. The other part of his trademark is that Lewis interspaces his storyline with a never ending series of character vignettes involving the novel's victims. And while there aren't as many vignettes here, Lewis does well with the few that he does do. A particularly good example is the young Grant family, which is caught in the line of fire by the spiders.Read more ›
probably written the same time that James Herberts "The Rats" came out, this is still a great read and if you can get a second hand copy, well worth your time.
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Fantastic to read this after so many years, book was great quality just like new.
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Quite a scary book about spiders on par with some early guy n smith books if you live in kent quite worrying especially with the false Windows aboutPublished on 11 April 2014 by the reader